I didn't think we had too many slugs in the garden this late in the winter until I went looking for them this morning. Since we are using cardboard in the walkways as a weed barrier, with rocks and pots of plants holding the cardboard down so it doesn't blow away, I realized what we've actually done here is given the slugs tons of hiding places all through the garden. That's not to say the cardboard is a bad thing, because it does an excellent job of preventing weeds and it also keeps the soil from eroding. However, since slugs can really decimate a garden, finding good methods of slug control are important if cardboard is going to be used. So this morning I brought a little metal pail with me to the garden to see how many of the little buggers I could gather.
At first when I began looking for the slugs, I turned over a piece of cardboard and looked beneath at the ground. There were no slugs there crawling on the ground. Well! What am I worried about? I initially thought, My slug problem is finally under control. Feeling excessively pleased with myself, I thought perhaps the organic Sluggo pellets that I've been scattering around the plants this winter had eradicated the slugs. Then, half way into my search, a slug caught my eye on the underside of a piece of cardboard. Eeww. This is what baby slugs look like.